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    1. September 12, 2014

      ‘The Children Act’, by Ian McEwan

      Small children”, wrote Henry James in the preface of the US edition of What Maisie Knew, “have many more perceptions than...

    2. May 16, 2014

      Britten’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ at Aldeburgh Festival

      Has it ever been easier to be a pacifist? Neocon visionaries aside, there is scant appetite for war in western democracies....

    1. April 4, 2014

      Sweet dreams from humble pie

      Last night, from nowhere, rescue came and it was in the shape of a pie. It was chicken and asparagus, puff pastry, massive,...

    2. January 12, 2014

      AT&T leads the charge into ‘connected’ cars

      As sales of smartphones begin to slow, US mobile operators, chipmakers and software developers are targeting the auto...

    3. August 22, 2013

      Film reviews: Elysium, The Kings of Summer, Lovelace, What Maisie Knew

      Whenever I hear the words “In the late 21st century” intoned over a movie’s opening, I reach for my scepticism. Late 21st...

    4. July 10, 2013

      The American Plan, St James Theatre, London – review

      The American Plan refers to the lavish full-board option at a hotel in the Catskills, described in belt-loosening detail by...

    5. beyondbrics

      June 18, 2013

      Mexico oil reform: in the pipeline?

      So, Mexico will indeed enact constitutional reform to open its oil industry to the private sector. That is what Enrique Peña...

    6. June 7, 2013

      Owen Wingrave, Guildhall School Theatre, London – review

      When you weigh up the possible reasons for Owen Wingrave’s muted success, the fact that Britten wrote it for television is...

    7. April 26, 2013

      Writers in love with other art forms

      In the last summer of his life Norman Mailer felt he had the face he deserved and the solitude he craved. He was living...

    8. March 24, 2013

      James Tissot: Painting the Victorian Woman, The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK – review

      Degas tried to win him for the Impressionists, Ruskin dismissed his paintings as “unhappy mere photographs of vulgar...

    9. March 15, 2013

      Philip Roth and the Nobel Prize in Literature

      In 2011 Philip Roth was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. In the lead-up to an intimate...

    10. November 1, 2012

      The Heiress, Walter Kerr Theater, New York

      With the short novel Washington Square, published in 1880, Henry James had not yet hit the grand stride of his...

    11. The World

      October 7, 2012

      Republicans see home truths in Afghan book

      Notes from the Heartland In a colonial-style house in Mission Hills, Kansas, a group of Republicans eat Oklahoma barbecue,...

    12. August 10, 2012

      Haute culture

      Are perfumers olfactory artists or chemists? Are cosmetic brands impressionists or do they paint by numbers? The beauty...

    13. July 23, 2012

      London: The world in a city

      The world is coming to London . As the UK capital flings open its doors this week to the globe’s finest athletes and their...

    14. May 4, 2012

      American dreamscape

      We are brought up to think that when we have earned leisure and rest we may go forth and cross oceans and mountains and see...

    15. March 30, 2012

      The old buccaneers

       Silver: Return to Treasure Island, by Andrew Motion, Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 404 pages One fateful day in 1894, Robert Louis...

    16. March 23, 2012

      Upping the ante in Chianti

      Trying to work out from which country Maro Gorky is expatriate is a puzzle. For more than four decades the painter and her...

    17. March 9, 2012

      There was a literary lady from Limerick

      When I worked with prisoners who were nearing the end of their sentences, years ago, we often talked about issues of...

    18. March 2, 2012

      Show me the money

      Wallace Stevens, as well as being America’s greatest 20th-century poet, was also a career professional in the insurance...

    19. February 23, 2012

      Film releases: February 24

      He has a big head, medium-beaky nose and crew-cut patches of thinning hair that resemble bird mange. He caws with a whiny...

    20. February 17, 2012

      Blood and ink

      New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, by Colm Tóibín, Viking, £20, 346 pages Beware the family that has...

    21. February 10, 2012

      Charles Dickens: our overrated mutual friend

      On Tuesday the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens was celebrated across the English-speaking world – not the world, but the...

    22. December 30, 2011

      Glimpses of grandiosity

      When you are at university reading English literature and it’s all going well, after a few terms you will probably develop...

    23. November 5, 2011

      Why I’m entitled to call you entitled

      The insults we use say a great deal about our times, and none more so than a certain deadly adjective that is so popular now...

    24. October 14, 2011

      What the world needs now

      Sometimes we are people of rigour and virtue. We try to be our best selves, not necessarily in the Oprah-Martha mould, which...

    25. October 14, 2011

      I spy, with my literary eye

      The warm white wine has soured, the canapés have congealed. Literary London is in shock: Alan Hollinghurst is out of the...

    26. September 23, 2011

      The war on error

      Christopher Hitchens is living in what Philip Gould, the New Labour pollster and author of The Unfinished Revolution,...

    27. September 3, 2011

      The List: Five of the finest art magazines

      The popular use of the word “magazine” only came into being in 1731 with the publication of the Gentleman’s Magazine; its...

    28. August 19, 2011

      Childish Loves

      Henry James’s The Aspern Papers is, in part, a tribute to the Romantic poets’ capacity to scandalise later generations. How...

    29. June 24, 2011

      Lunch with the FT: Alan Hollinghurst

      There is a passage in Alan Holling­hurst’s new novel in which an amateur biographer conducts a series of interviews in the...

    30. June 4, 2011

      Small talk: Ali Smith

      Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962, studied at the University of Aberdeen and began a PhD at Cambridge before...

    31. April 8, 2011

      Sir John Soane’s divine clutter

      Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, and the architect Sir John Soane, who were almost exact contemporaries,...

    32. March 25, 2011

      A Man of Parts

      A Man of Parts: A Novel, by David Lodge, Harvill Secker, RRP£18.99, 576 pages “Who would read a novel if we were permitted...

    33. January 28, 2011

      The New York Idea, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York

      The New York Idea is an efficient comedy machine that has been given a suitably efficient production by the Atlantic...

    34. January 24, 2011

      The Passages of Herman Melville

      The Passages of Herman Melville, by Jay Parini, Canongate, RRP 17.99, 464 pages The term “biofiction” was coined in the...

    35. January 21, 2011

      The art of good writing

      In 1919, the young EB White, future New Yorker writer and author of Charlotte’s Web, took a class at Cornell University with...

    36. January 7, 2011

      In a Jamesian purgatory

      Sometimes, when you are having a jolly night out, someone asks you if you’d mind giving a little talk to a gathering of...

    37. January 7, 2011

      Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

      Representatives of the Catholic, Buddhist and Muslim faiths at a prayer rally, Manila University, October 2007 Twelve Steps...

    38. December 13, 2010

      Small talk: Salley Vickers

      Psychotherapist-turned-novelist Salley Vickers was 50 when she published her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel (2000). Born...

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